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Fabric with antimicrobial performance – fabric developed by Murata and Teijin Frontier jointly

Published: June 13, 2020
Author: munimji

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd. in collaboration with Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has developed the first Piezoelectric Fabric “PIECLEX” that produces electrical energy and reveals antimicrobial performance when motion is applied. The two partners Murata and Teijin Frontier Cooperatively established PIECLEX Company Limited as a joint venture company with an aim of development research manufacturing and sale of this fabric.

Teijin Frontier’s President Chief Executive Officer Shinji Nikko said about the joint venture that“The piezoelectric fabric developed by PIECLEX Co., Ltd. realizes antimicrobial performance without using chemical agents, etc. It also contributes to environmental load reduction as it applies to plant-derived raw materials. PIECLEX integrates Murata and Teijin Frontier’s cutting-edge technologies, and I believe this innovative fabric will be essential for a sustainable future lifestyle.

Murata’s Chairman of the Board and President Tsuneo Murata had the following to say about the joint venture that, “The fabric developed by the newly established PIECLEX Co., Ltd. makes use of Murata’s piezoelectric technology and knowledge cultivated through products such as SAW filters, resonators, and sensors. PIECLEX fabric realizes antimicrobial performance by converting motions such as human movement into electrical energy by combining Murata’s piezoelectric technology cultivated through the development and manufacture of electronic components with Teijin Frontier’s fabric technology, which spans from yarns and materials to product manufacturing. PIECLEX also contributes to protecting the global environment as it uses plant-derived Poly Lactic acid (PLA) as its raw material and does not apply chemical agents and organic solvents.

PIECLEX is a carbon-neutral, earth-friendly fabric. It uses PLA, which is produced by fermented starch extracted from plants to produce lactic acid then bonded.  Since plants absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and synthesize starch, PIECLEX does not increase the total amount of carbon dioxide that causes global warming. Utilizes piezoelectric technology to achieve antimicrobial and deodorant functions without using chemical agents.

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